My Leica T (Typ 701) lens collection just got bigger!!

Check out the link at the bottom of the page for news on the Fuji X100T L-Plate grips.

My Novoflex Nikon F/G lens > Leica T body adapter arrived today and the (really) good news is that the magnification works. 

With the recent firmware update what happens is that I can assign the 3x / 6x magnification option to the left thumb wheel. When I look through the EVF I turn the wheel to the right and I can then select either 3X or 6X magnification. After focusing, which is very easy with the excellent EVF, I can then touch the shutter button, the image returns to normal size and I can take the shot. It's simple, easy and comfortable to use.

The adapter also has an approximation / indication of what aperture I might be using. I usually work this out from the shutter speed and I'll be adding some marks with a chinagraph pencil to give me a more accurate idea of what aperture I might be using, though to a large extent I select this on the basis of the best shutter speed / ISO combination I can get. 

So this is all good news. In the gallery at the top of the page you can see the lenses I can use. From top to bottom, left to right these are 28-200mm G zoom, Voigtlander 20mm, Nikon 20mm f/1.8, Sigma 50mm f/1.4 ART lens (see below), Nikon Series E 100mm and Nikon 24-85mm G zoom. So fast lenses plus some telephoto options as well. 

I must make particular mention of the Sigma f/1.4 ART lens. It is a monster, but it is also one of the sharpest and least flawed lenses ever made for non medium format cameras. And it did perform really well. Check out the bokeh on the shots below taken at f/1.4

So what do I have? Well I have some great / useful / fast lenses in front of the excellent Sony 16MP sensor, with of course no AA filter to 'blunt' the sharpness. I have a manual focus system via a seriously good EVF that is an example in terms of ease of use to every other mirrorless manufacturer. And even with the aesthetic size mismatch with some of these Nikons, this is still a very comfortable set of combinations to work with. Plus I have to admit, the futuristic somewhat 'alien technology' look is something I find quite attractive. It's certainly different!!

This is of course making my 'dump everything' scenario a little closer to actually happening. The thought of just using the Leica T, my Nikon Df and these lenses is very compelling to me currently, particularly as I'm definitely loosing my enthusiasm for the mirrorless interchangeable merry go round. This endless releasing of updated models and the constant rumours about this that and the other appearing in the future is becoming less appealing than it once was. Particularly when it is accompanied by 'fanboy fever' and the talking up of the release of some decent and interesting but pretty ordinary cameras into some kind of apocalyptic event which dominate the forums and review sites for a short while before the whole circus moves on to something else. 

I'd really like to settle on something that's going to be around for a while. And I can't see the Leica T or the Df getting 'upgraded' any time soon. In the case of the Df I think this may well be a one off. And I'm not going to deny that using Nikon and Leica has a certain appeal to me, as these are the brands I aspired to own and use when I started taking photography seriously. In the case of the Nikon, the more I read about mirrorless cameras and see where they are heading the more convinced I am that DSLR's, far from disappearing, are set for a significant renaissance. Add in the fact that I like using my Nokia Lumia 1020 smartphone more than I do a lot of the cameras on my shelf and I'm heading for a change.

Financial planning and optimising my tax situation means that I may not be doing this 'clearout' in the immediate future, but the levels of enjoyment and creativity I'm enjoying with my Leica, Nikon and Nokia are having an effect on what I see as the direction I want to head in gear wise. That does of course mean that this blog will be less focused on new gear, but this is always a secondary activity to my main way of making a living a living anyway and will remain that way for the foreseeable future. 

So, interesting how yet again something small can have a significant impact on what I use and how I use it. I'm glad I got the adapter and even happier at how it performs. And I'm REALLY looking forward to trying out in 'real world' shooting situations. 

News - Matthew at the PhotoMadd shop has emailed me to say that the custom Fuji X100T L-Plate grips are due in early next week. Due to some repositioning on the X100T, the X100 /X100s grips won't fit. If you click through to the shop on the link above you can see the current situation on the grip. Matthew is hoping for a February 9 delivery.